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Meaning of “costly” in the English Dictionary

"costly" in American English

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costlyadjective

 us   /ˈkɔs·tli/
  • costly adjective (MAKING YOU SPEND MONEY)

expensive: This ​procedure can be very costly.
  • costly adjective (MAKING YOU GIVE OR LOSE SOMETHING)

done by making you give or ​lose something of ​value: Her costly ​mistakeallowed the ​opponents to ​score.
(Definition of costly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"costly" in Business English

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costlyadjective

uk   us   /ˈkɒstli/
costing a lot of ​money: costly ​repairs The delays in the ​schedule proved very costly.
harmful, and involving a lot of ​loss or ​damage: Their ​failure to ​consultstaffmembers was a costly mistake.
(Definition of costly from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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